TATTOO AFTERCARE :
Your tattoo will bleed a bit a first, but it will stop within a couple of hours.
Keep your new tattoo covered until tonight before removing the dressing (unless otherwise instructed).
Wash the tattoo gently with mild soap & water; pat dry.
DO NOT RUB.
Cover with new cling film again.
Repeat the process every 4-6 hours including the washing,morning & evening for 2-3 days.
After the2-3 days,wash tattoo daily and apply BEPANTHEN (VERY SPARINGLY) , Preparation H, E45 lotion or a dedicated Tattoo Aftercare cream 2-3 times a day until the skin is smooth-there is no need to re wrap.
FOR ALL TATTOOS:
Exposure to the sun is the major cause of tattoo fading, but after a few months, you may sunbathe in moderation, Always using a sun block that provides both UVA & UVB protection. Do not expose your tattoo to direct sunlight, swim or soak in a sauna, steam bath or bathtub until it is healed.
NEVER RUB, PICK OR SCRATCH YOUR TATTOO.
Be sure that clothing touching your tattoo is clean and soft.
· We recommend the following creams: E45 Lotion –ONLY THE PLAIN E45 NOT THE ITCH CREAM, TATTOO GOO (used sparingly), PREPARATION H (for piles & tattoos!), Bepanthen (used sparingly).
If you experience any reaction to the above, then discontinue use and consult your tattooist.
· Do not use the any creams containing the following:
VASELINE OR PETROLEUM, LANOLINE, ALOE VERA.
1. Drop out.The most common problem - patchy, uneven colour, occurs during healing
and is apparent once the tattoo has healed fully.
A. Exposure to sunlight - causes colours to appear faint and uneven.
B. Over-soaking in water, ie: swimming, long baths/showers, also applyingtoo much cream, too frequently - causes the scab to soak off, drawing out pigment. The scab over a healing tattoo should feel dry and slightly
soft to the touch. If it has become too moist/weepy, keep it dry for1-2 days and it should return to normal.
C. Not applying cream - causes the scab to dry out, contracting, becoming more sore and cracking, leaving unpigmented scar tissue.
D. Excessive movement, ie: exercise - causes the scab to split, leaving unpigmented scar tissue.
E. Chafing of scab inside clothing - tears portions of the scab away,leaving unpigmented scar tissue.
2. Histamine reaction.
Swelling of the tissue around a healing tattoo is caused by cells in the 'damaged' area producing histamine, which promotes inflamation as part of the healing process - blood capillaries also become enlarged, allowing more blood,containing healing agents, to reach the area.A healing tattoo will often swell slightly, although some locations, such as the ankle, may occasionally become excessively and painfully inflamed. This swelling will go down within 1-2 weeks and application of cold compresses and anti-histamine creams will help.
Infection of a healing tattoo, as with any wound, is caused only if the area is allowed to become dirty; matter containing bacteria collects around and inside the wound and the area becomes swollen and very sore. Stringent cleaning or a course of antibiotics should clear up any infection, but the tattoo will almost certainly appear faint and patchy when healed.